Camping is not an activity for anyone and those who are keen on going into the wilderness or remote places need to include in their gear survival items for both daily tasks and emergency situations. What makes survival gear so difficult to pick is that most items included in this category are everyday tools that you can find basically everywhere around your house. When you are in a remote place, this changes, as some of the most commonly used objects are nowhere to be found. Therefore, choosing basic home tools should be your first criteria in selecting survival gear for camping.
Firstly, you should pack a knife. This is one of the oldest tools invented by man, used to achieve a wide series of operations like cutting, carving or for defense purposes. When you go camping, you can use the knife for many basic operations: cutting ropes, slicing food, cutting branches, etc. Even so, it is advisable that you take a sturdy, well-sharpened knife that you can use for various tasks without breaking it. In addition to the basic knife, other sharp objects can be needed. For example, if you’re in for some heavy cutting or making a path in the woods, an ax may be more suitable and effective than a knife.
Rope is one item that will spare you some trouble. You can use it to tie some items together, so that you carry them more easily or to fix your tent poles. The most compact ropes for camping come in the form or paracord bracelets that you can attach to year hand wrist.
First aid kit
There’s no questioning as to the utility of a first aid kit when you go camping, as you can find yourself in a lot of health endangering circumstances. A well-thought out aid kit is a life insurance when camping. You can stuff in it many medical products such as bandages, plasters, antibiotic solutions and creams, ibuprofen for pain, rubbing alcohol, but also individual medication and products you may need. However, make sure you stash them in a compact way and in a waterproof container.
When you find yourself into the wild, you cannot rely on one fire making tool, like a lighter. In addition to that, waterproof matches and a magnesium fire starter are important additions to your gear, as you can never be too sure when it comes to securing warmth for your body.
For moments when you need to get in touch with other people, you either need a flashlight or a whistle to be able to emit a recognizable noise or powerful signals. A flashlight can, for example, be used to produce Morse Code messages, like S.O.S, if you get into a life threatening situation.
A botanical guide of the area
If you don’t have enough food with you, you may sometimes need to feed on fruits or herbs that grow nearby, which means you should know which ones are edible and which not. A botanical guide will be a dependable item in case you get hungry and don’t know which fruits you can eat and which you must avoid.
Water purification tablets
It’s the same for water. You can never have enough with you and water sources may not be available or may not always be the healthiest. In such a case, water purification tablets will make sure the one you drink won’t affect your health.
All the security measures and survival gear you take with you on a trip won’t be of any use, if you don’t store them in the proper manner. A resistant, sturdy backpack will keep all your equipment safe and make sure they don’t get damaged in case of shocks or if you get caught in a heavy rain.